Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Book Club Catch Up! - April

I just haven't been motivated to write reviews. I wrote a really brief one for CNJ JASNA and feel kinda bad about it. Here's what I read and a brief review of the books.

First up Forever YA:

The Tyrant's DaughterThe Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wasn't 100% sure about this book since I wasn't there when they picked the book. I have to say it was a great book, one that has the reader asking a lot of questions.  I liked that we got to see her life, it's a life that most of us question a person living. We ask "How does (the person) not know what's going on around them?". This book shows us that even though Laila's father was a tyrant, she was brought up with lies and to her they were the truth.  Until she comes to the U.S. she lives in a carefully constructed world.

While Laila is trying to fit in with a life that is so very foreign to her, her mother is trying desperately to find a way to fix their lives. For her, that's finding a way to go home. I didn't know what quite to make of Laila's mother and I think that's how we were supposed to feel about her. In one respect she's a mother in the other (she's something).

The end of the novel both delighted and frustrated me. I like when a book doesn't deliver a clear ending, and this one ends with you questioning - now what? It frustrated me because I really came to care about the characters and really want to know what happens to them.

I highly recommend reading this one!

For our Mercer County Girls:

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've talked about this book in 3 previous book discussions and it's one that I will always enjoy talking about. We're making plans to go see the movie.

For Tea & A Book we read: (I posted this in the last book club catch up but we discussed it in April so I kept it here with the other reads in April)

Suite FrancaiseSuite Francaise by Irène Némirovsky
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is in two parts with the author originally planning for the book to contain 5 parts.  I liked the first part but it took me some time to get into the style and flow of the way she wrote this section.  I loved the second part and was heart broken to reach the end and know that there was no more.  The book includes her notes and you can see where she was intending to direct the story in part 3 and I would have loved to have read it.  They are making a movie based on part 2 of this book and I can't wait to see it!

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